“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Yesterday we learned to acknowledge our suffering. Today we learn to appreciate it. And few people can teach us like MLK. Not only did Dr. King suffer through his journey as a segregated African-American, he suffered greatly for his personal efforts to fight injustice.
He was beaten.
He was jailed.
His family was threatened weekly.
His house was bombed.
Somehow, this man came to the point of appreciating this suffering as a creative, redemptive force of nature. It prompted him to think new thoughts, write new words, and teach more truth.
What has your own suffering taught you? And of that, what can you teach us?
Peace begins with pause,